Video Conferencing Software for Telemedicine
Today there is a lot of innovations being introduced into medicine and video conferencing is one of them. Thanks to this technology a new trend has developed recently, and that is telemedicine.
Telemedicine major advantage is the possibility to get high-quality medical help remotely from the best specialists of leading medical centers. Taking into account the sizes of some countries, we should say that telemedicine is a really important invention. Another great advantage of telemedicine is that it enables us to neglect the issue of isolation of the remotely located small settlements and the doctors there.
By using telemedicine doctors can get new knowledge and experience in the course of consultations, can also attend video lectures, observe the operations performed by the skilled specialists being hundreds and thousands of miles from them.
(for private networks)
|FullHD video calls 1-on-1|
|Virtual Meetings||up to 120 participants||up to 250 participants|
|Symmetric video conferencing||up to 9 participants||up to 25 participants|
|Best suited for||District hospitals||Medical centers|
Remote Telemedicine Consultations
Such consultations are held on-line with a use of video conferencing software. Communication takes place directly between the specialist and the attending physician; if necessary the patient can also be present. Such consultations can be organized between two and more participants.
The major advantages of video conferencing in medicine are immediacy and low costs. According to some reports remote video consultation is approximately 20 times cheaper than a patient’s trip from Alaska to Seattle for example, and 40 times cheaper in case the patient needs to be accompanied by the health care nurse. Depending on the distance between the two places correlation of these expenses can make video conferencing very beneficial.
Telemedicine technologies help to provide communication with expert physicians over any distance and transmit practically any medical information (abstracts from case history, X-ray pictures, computerized tomography images, ultrasound results, etc.) necessary for making a qualified conclusion.
Remote Lecturing, Holding Workshops and Conferences
By using video conferencing technology the lecturers has got a chance to devolve not only theoretical but also practical knowledge, as well as to deliver lectures for students from different regions at a time.
Telemedicine also makes it possible to have live broadcasting of surgical operations. This technology can also be used for “remote tutorship” when a more experienced surgeon can supervise remotely the actions of his less experienced colleague on a real-time basis.
Remote Monitoring Systems
These systems are used to monitor patients with chronic diseases. These very systems can also be used on industrial facilities to control health conditions of its employees (e.g. engineers on nuclear power stations).
Another promising line of development of remote biomonitoring is integration of its detectors into clothes, various accessories and cell phones.
Telemedicine Future Prospects
Among the prospective applications of telemedicine we can mention telesurgery and remote medical examination. The latter is developing in two directions: remote manipulation of the medical diagnostic equipment and distance treatment and surgical handling by means of remotely manipulated equipment. Undoubtedly, this application poses the highest requirements to all the constituents of telemedicine system. At present some of them are already being introduced into practice.
Telesurgery is going through the stage of experimental development. This technology presupposes usage of remotely controlled manipulators and their operation during the surgery (usage of lancet, laser, etc.). This medical sphere is the most demanding and extremely complex in terms of realization at the moment and is a purely experimental procedure, as its introduction into practice requires a whole lot of innovations.